USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Futures Team finishes runner-up at 10th Amigos Tournament

By Katie Willis (kwillis@usasoftball.com) | Nov. 12, 2018, 12:58 p.m. (ET)

Hayward, Calif. — The USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch Futures Team (Men’s Futures FP) had a second-place finish at the 10th Amigos Tournament.  The team, which was created to provide additional development opportunities for the Men’s National Team (MNT) program, completed their run at the tournament with a 4-3 record, including a 3-1 run in bracket play.

 

Competing in front of fans at the Alden E. Oliver Sports Complex in Hayward, Calif., the Men’s Futures FP opened up the tournament with an 8-1 win over Wololoks. From there, Team USA dropped a pair of games to Team TJ’s, 4-0, and NW Braves, 11-5, to take a No. 7 seed heading into Championship Bracket on Sunday.

 

Proving that it’s all in how you respond to adversity, the Red, White and Blue won three-straight to advance to the title game Sunday. The U.S. started the day by claiming a 10-2 victory over No. 10 seed Mission Tribal to set up a rematch against No. 2 seed Team TJ’s, where they outlasted their opponent, 11-2. In the semifinals, the Men’s Futures FP got the “W” over No. 4 seed Ohana’s, 10-6, to move onto the Championship game.

 

In a closely contested matchup on the field for the Amigos Tournament title, Team USA fell 4-2 to the East Bay Bashers to finish runner-up.

 

Athletes representing Team USA on the Amigo’s tournament roster included Anthony Aresco, Mick Baker, Ryan Barnes, Dante Biagini, Tyler Bouley, Ryker Zane Chason, Dalton Gray, Peyton Hall, Brad Kilpatrick, Jeff Lewis, Mike Lewis, Chayton Lloyd, Brent Meshke, Chris Norris, and Tony Wark.

 

Gray, Lewis, Lloyd and Wark most recently competed in the Red, White and Blue as a member of the 2018 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT) that competed at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. More than half of the athletes selected to the team have previous experience with USA Softball on either the Men’s Fast Pitch National Team (MNT), Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT), have participated at a JMNT Exposure Camp, the USA Softball Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship or the USA Softball Men’s Fast Pitch National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

 

Fans can follow along with the USA Softball National Team Programs at USASoftball.com

 

About USA Softball

USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game. 

 

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.